Ancient Places

Ancient Places

People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest

Book - 2015
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The story of the land in the Northwest flows from the cataclysmic ice-age floods. So it only follows that the stories of the people in this terrain are inextricably linked to the aftereffects of that great deluge. These are the genesis stories of a region. Included are the controversy over the provenance and ownership of a meteor that fell to earth in rural Oregon; the mystery of the aurora borealis as observed by 18th-century explorer David Thompson; the town in the northeastern Washington that drew immigrant artisans from Italy because of its deposits of terra cotta clay; and a recounting of the great floods of 15,000 years ago that shaped the land of what is now Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781570619809
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 23 cm


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Nov 22, 2016

This is a very interesting book that relates cataclysmic geological events and the current landscape with Northwest natural and human history, including Native American and European Cultures. I came away with a strong desire to visit some of the places and landscapes in Eastern Washington. Jack Nisbet also relates local and personal histories of specific individuals.

I find that the book inspires a perspective of respect and awe for the immense timeline of the natural history of these places and the ancient Native American history and culture that is linked with it. It also puts in perspective how the relatively recent European culture has had such a large impact. I would recommend "Ancient Places" to anyone.


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